Roger Craig Nielsen, age 31, of Lane County, Deceased.
The two involved officers’ names are being withheld pending investigative interviews by IDFIT.
Pending the investigation by IDFIT, Eugene Police will not be providing additional information or interviews.
PREVIOUSLY RELEASED (September 26, 2017)
Officer-Involved Shooting Information
Note: information is preliminary and based upon calldetails known at this time.
At 3:37 a.m. police were called to an apartmentcomplex in the 100 block of Corliss Lane where a woman reported a man had heldher and a child hostage at rifle-point and threatened to kill her and herchild. The suspect subsequently left on foot after she and a male friend whohad also been inside pushed the suspect outside. It was reported by a caller to911 that the suspect made a statement to the woman about wanting to die in a police shooting.
Officers arrived and evacuated the apartment'soccupants. It was learned the suspect had a relative at the apartment complexand may have fled there. Officers observed the suspect in an apartment andcalled for him to exit unarmed. The suspect came out of the apartment with arifle pointed at officers. Officers are reported to have ordered the suspect todrop the rifle. Two officers fired and the suspect was hit. Officers rendered medicalaid, and called for EMS who transported the suspect to a local hospital wherehe subsequently died. The officers were not harmed.
The Lane County Interagency Deadly ForceInvestigation team is on scene and will be conducting an investigation pursuant to Oregon State Law (Senate Bill 111).
Names of all involved are being withheld at this time. The two officers are placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice after a deadly use of force.
According to EPD Police Chief Pete Kerns,"Officers and sergeants responded to an extremely dangerous scene, theykept the family safe and were confronted by an armed and dangerous suspect.After the shooting they transitioned immediately to rendering emergency care.Their actions were exactly what I expect."
Any further information will be provided by IDFIT.